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52 Weeks Discussion > Week 1 Day 5

Week 1 day 5 Genesis 13-15
The exact words of Genesis 1:18 states “Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.” I interpret this as it is written that Melchizedek was a priest. I have a personal relationship with Christ and thereby God. It seems the Author interprets Genesis 1:18 as if Melchizedek was or is equal to Christ. Christ is and was God on earth and I strongly disagree with the authors interpretation of the place of the Priest Melchizedek.

March 18, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterMark Armstrong

Hi Mark,

As to "who" Melchizedek is, there are certainly different views. I found a website that gives the alternate views which, I believe, does a good job. There's more detailed reasons why the author takes the position he does, and this short article goes over those. The good thing is - whether one takes Melchizedek to be a pre-incarnate appearance of Christ or not - that doesn't have any bearing on one's eternal salvation.

Here's the website: https://www.gotquestions.org/Melchizedek.html

March 18, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterPastor Ken

Mark,

I appreciate discussions like this because you caught something I didn't and therefore I had to study it out further. I went back and re-read the book, the chapter and the corresponding references, as well as further studied Melchizedek in the Bible. Here is what my assumption is that the author was trying to get across.

He describes Melchizedek as a "type of Christ" and then again as a "picture and type of our Lord Jesus Christ", and later explains that Christ is revealed through this "type and picture of Christ".

I don't think the author was saying that Melchizedek is equal to Christ, but instead, was saying that he is a picture of Christ. I believe there are types and pictures throughout the entire Bible and we have to study in order to understand them. I also believe that some of the pictures may not be as clear as others or as straightforward, some things can be easy to see and believe, and some things we have to take on faith. Additionally, Bible types are a great tool that God gives us to help us understand biblical concepts and tie scripture together and it is my opinion that this is one of those areas.

Hosea 12:10 says, "I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes, by the ministry of the prophets". According to vines dictionary, the word "similitude" means "likeness", so I understand that to mean that when we seen similitude, we are seeing a type or picture.

Hebrews 7:15-17 states, "And it is yet far more evident: for that after the "similitude" (likeness) of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest, Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life. For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec".

What is interesting as well to me is that Melchizedek is spelled differently in the OT and NT.

March 20, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJamie F.